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Concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic are scrapping plans for a 2020 presidential debate taking place in Ann Arbor this fall as planned. 

The University of Michigan was scheduled to host the second of the three debates between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee former vice president Joe Biden on October 15.

But university officials this week withdrew from the debate hosting duties, saying it would be not be “feasible” to safely host the presidential debate as planned.

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President Donald Trump has signed an emergency declaration for the communities struck by flooding this week in Michigan.

Two dams failed after heavy rains, swelling the Tittabawassee River to a record crest in the city of Midland.  The declaration only covers Midland County. 

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President Donald Trump approved Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request Monday to mobilize up to 3,000 Michigan National Guardsmen for up to 90 days. 

The call up is part of the governor’s COVID-19 response plan.

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President Donald Trump has approved Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a major disaster declaration in Michigan.

That means Michigan is now eligible for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sent a letter to President Donald Trump hoping to secure federal funding for Michigan’s fight against COVID-19.

The governor’s letter asks the president to approve the Title 32 authorization that would allow the Michigan National Guard to operate with federal funding for pay, benefits, and equipment.

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Michigan dominated the Democratic presidential campaign trail this weekend.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off the weekend with a rally in Detroit Friday night.     

At the TCF Center, Sanders told thousands of his supporters he and former Vice President Joe Biden have pledged to support the Democratic Party’s nominee. He says defeating Donald Trump is what matters most.

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President Donald Trump is proposing a slight increase in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). 

It’s a change in policy for an administration that tried to slash funding in the past. The president had proposed cutting the GLRI’s budget by 90%. But Congress reinstated the funding. 

The president’s budget proposal calls for spending $320 million on projects to clean up the Great Lakes in Fiscal Year 2021.   

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The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to greatly increase funding for cleaning up the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has annually received $300 million a year since it started in 2010.   

Under the bill passed this week, the funding would increase to $475 million over the next five years. The U.S. Senate may act soon on its own funding bill.

In the past decade, the GLRI has funded thousands of clean-up projects across the Great Lakes. 

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President Trump declared victory on Thursday, a day after being acquitted by the Senate on two articles of impeachment, and lashed out at his political opponents in lengthy extemporaneous remarks.

"We went through hell, unfairly. I did nothing wrong," he said in a public statement from the White House.

"It was all bulls***," he said, tracing his impeachment woes back to investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the official Democratic Party response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Whitmer delivered her 10-minute rebuttal from the East Lansing High School auditorium packed with invited guests. She says numbers don’t tell the whole story of what’s happening with the US economy. She says that the stock market may be doing well, but workers are not getting fair wages and job security.

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President Donald Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. Watch his remarks live and follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

President Trump is set to deliver his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, less than a day before the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on two articles of impeachment against him.

While the scene on Capitol Hill has been tumultuous during the impeachment trial, a senior administration official told reporters last week that Trump's address would use "the great American comeback" as its theme and take an optimistic tone.

Here's what you need to know ahead of tonight's address.

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Democrats are turning to Michigan’ s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, to deliver the English language response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The choice highlights the central role Michigan and the industrial Midwest are expected to play in the presidential election this year.

Trump won Michigan by a fraction of a percentage point, but that was enough to put the state’s 16 electoral votes in the Republican column. It was also the first time the GOP candidate won the state since 1988.

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President Donald Trump touted the benefits of the nation's new North American free trade agreement, known as the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement, at an event at the Warren factory of Dana, Inc.

The president signed the agreement Wednesday.

Trump said the new deal will bring jobs and factories back to the U.S.

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“You’re all brave for coming out here,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel jokingly told a small, but packed, hall of mostly students at Michigan State University on Wednesday night. “I know you’re not the most popular kids on campus, being Republicans,” she added. “I see you with your Keep America Great hat! That’s awesome.” 

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Synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship can soon apply for federal grants to improve security.  

The new federal law is called the Protecting Faith Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act. President Donald Trump signed the Act into law this week.

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Saturday’s chilly weather was not enough to keep supporters and critics of the President’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate from holding rallies in Michigan cities.

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Michigan is seen as critical in this year’s presidential election.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, won Michigan by a narrow margin in 2016. He was the first Republican to win the state since 1988.

Nationally, Democrats were criticized for not paying enough attention to Michigan, Wisconsin and other battleground states.

In the lead up to the 2020 election, the national Democratic Party is investing heavily to win states they lost in 2016 that were formerly believed to be reliably ‘Blue.’   

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Michigan’s efforts to combat PFAS contamination could get a boost from a bill up for a vote on Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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President Trump said that Iran appears "to be standing down" after Tuesday night's missile attack in Iraq and that "the American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed."

Trump, in a nationally televised address from the White House, also announced a new round of what he termed "punishing economic sanctions" against the Iranian government. And he called on NATO to become "much more involved in the Middle East process."

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Members of Michigan’s congressional delegate want more information about what happens next after a military strike this week that killed a top Iranian general. 

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Vice President Mike Pence fired up the president’s base at a small noon-hour rally in Saginaw, as the U.S. House of Representatives debated impeaching President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a group called Workers for Trump, the Vice President stressed the nation’s low unemployment rate and new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

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The House of Representatives is meeting to debate and vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

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Michigan is going to be in the national spotlight Wednesday as President Donald Trump campaigns in Battle Creek, while at the same time the U.S. House of Representatives debates impeaching him.

Updated on Nov. 13 at 8:49 a.m. ET

Public impeachment hearings begin Wednesday, and the first round of witnesses includes three career public servants who have testified behind closed doors that President Trump did link military aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine with a promise to investigate one of the president's domestic political opponents.

House Passes Resolution Formalizing Impeachment Inquiry

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The House of Representatives voted Thursday 232-196 to pass a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Just two Democrats voted no — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

Amid the debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a "sad day."

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The U.S. House of Representatives is voting to formalize its ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution before lawmakers outlines the next steps in their investigation. Watch the debate and vote on the House floor live.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied his supporters Sunday during a raucous campaign stop in Detroit.

But before many in the crowd got to hear Sanders’ usual political attacks on the nation’s billionaires and President Donald Trump, the rally paused for a somber reflection.

Shortly before the rally began, word started filtering into the auditorium that longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers had died. Conyers represented Detroit in Congress for 53 years.

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Today on Stateside, after 31 days on the picket line, the UAW and General Motors came to a tentative contract agreement. We hear about the details and what comes next. Plus, Michigan farmers face record low production of corn and soybeans  after a cold, wet spring. 

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How did Donald Trump vault from the faux-boardroom of The Apprentice into the Oval Office?

A new book called Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America offers some answers. 

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